Strength and Conditioning BSc (Hons)

Strength and Conditioning BSc (Hons)

School of Sport and Wellbeing




Under- graduate



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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    3 years full-time, optional placement year (4 year Sandwich Degree) available. Part-time study available.

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    CB69; Short form: BSc/SC

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

The BSc (Hons) Strength & Conditioning degree at UCLan allows students to gain both theoretical knowledge and practitioner skills and apply them in a real world setting. Students will be given the opportunity to assist with performance testing of professional teams in order to gain invaluable experience of working within high performance sport.

Students will be taught by staff who coach at the elite level and who also undertake contemporary research at the highest level in the field of strength & conditioning. The skills and experience gained from these two crucial areas is used to create a relevant, practical and contemporary learning environment.

Students will graduate from the course with the knowledge and practical coaching competency to begin an exciting career as a Strength & Conditioning coach.

If you are keen to study this programme but do not meet the entry requirements, take a look at the Foundation Entry route:
BSc (Hons) Strength & Conditioning (Foundation Entry)

Entry Requirements 2016/17

280 - 320 points at A2
BTEC Extended Diploma : Distinction, Merit, Merit - DDM
BTEC Diploma : Distinction*, Distinction*
Access to Higher Education : 30 level 3 credits at Distincition
International Baccalaureate : 25 - 27 Points
GCSEs : 5 at grade C including Maths and English
Partner Colleges : 60% from Year 0 Science

Applications are welcomed from mature and industry-based individuals.

Applications from individuals with non-standard qualifications, industry professional qualifications, relevant work or life experience and who can demonstrate the ability to cope with and benefit from degree-level studies are welcome and considered on an individual basis.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

Core Modules

  • Sports Ergonomics and Analysis
  • Anatomy
  • Intro to Sports Biomechanics
  • Introduction to Physiology for Sport & Exercise Science
  • Introduction to Research Methods

Optional Modules (Choose one)

  • Introduction to Exercise Leadership & Gym Orientation
  • Intro to Nutrition

Year 2

Core Modules

  • Performance & Evaluation in Strength & Conditioning
  • Essentials of Sport Training & Conditioning
  • Research Methods
  • Common Sports Injuries and Injury Prevention
  • Strength & Conditioning in Practice

Optional Modules (Choose one)

  • Essentials of Skill Development
  • Physiology of Human Performance
  • Sports Biomechanics
  • Practical Biomechanics
  • Sports Nutrition

Year 3/4

Year 3 - Work Placement (Option)

Year 3/4

Core Modules

  • Double Research Project
  • Advances in Sports Ergonomics
  • Advanced Methods in Performance Assessment & Conditioning

Optional Modules (Choose two)

  • Careers in Sport
  • Applied Biomechanics
  • Exercise Referral
  • Biomechanics of Posture and Injury in Sport
  • Nutrition for Strength and Conditioning Practitioners – available for Army S&C students only

Further Information

The BSc (Hons) Strength and Conditioning programme will enable you to take advantage of the growth in the cutting edge development of human performance and provide you with the necessary skills needed to work in this field. You'll develop practical skills underpinned by scientific knowledge - essential for strength & conditioning professionals and applied sports scientists. Students will thus be able to design and deliver effective strength and conditioning programmes to a range of individuals. 

Work experience is incorporated into the course in the form of consultancy-based projects. The course team's strong link within the industry mean that you will gain invaluable contacts while on the course, and allows you to gain experience of working with high performance athletes.

Learning outcomes are aligned with the guidelines issued by the UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) - accreditation with whom is practically a prerequisite to work in this field- and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NCSA). This course will prepare you for accreditation.

You will undertake a first year consisting of key underpinning knowledge and skills, such as, functional anatomy and physiology, and biomechanics, while maintaining strength and conditioning emphasis. You will then progress on to specific strength and conditioning based modules in the second and third years including practice-based opportunities in each of these years.

Content includes: Programme design; Neuromuscular control; Functional Anatomy; Applied strength and conditioning; Exercise and health; Research methods; Biomechanics and movement analysis; Psychology; and Lab time.

On the course, you will develop practical competency by spending time in the gym, in the purpose built lifting suite at UCLan Sports Arena (USA) and by visiting clubs to experience hands on coaching.



A rewarding career awaits - you could find yourself working in sports performance or with high performance athletes, or working in the NHS or for local authorities. Graduates can also go on to a career as a consultant or working for governing bodies, and social work and health and fitness clubs are also options. Many of our graduates are now undertaking coaching roles in strength and conditioning, such as, Strength and Conditioning Coach for a sports club, Freelance Strength and Conditioning Coach, as well as Health settings, including in the medical field. If you'd like to continue your education, you can go on to our related Masters programmes, such as, MSc Strength and Conditioning (subject to validation), MSc Sports and Exercise Biomechanics or MSc Sports and Exercise Physiology, and research opportunities via MPhil.

Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:
2015 Entry | 2016 Entry

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Applications are now welcome for September 2016 places.

Contact Us

+44(0)1772 892400


The full list of modules indicated on this course page are for information purposes only. Certain modules may not be delivered every year and delivery might be dependent on the number of students selecting a given module. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this course, you are accepting that it is possible that not all of these module options will be available. At (or before) the start of each academic year, you will have an opportunity to discuss your course and preferred module options with your tutor. The University will then do all it reasonably can to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred module options.

Fees 2016/17

Full-time: £9,000 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,500 per 20 credit module (UK/EU)

Sandwich (Optional):

£900 per year (UK / EU)

Further information:

For 2015/16 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

DBS Checks

This course will involve access to children and/or vulnerable adults. You will be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB) and we will guide you through this process.

Industry Links

Our strong links with industry and the sports profession - including Preston North End, Blackpool FCC, Burnley FCC, Wigan Warriors - mean you can gain experience of working with high performance athletes while developing your own invaluable network of contacts.

You'll also enjoy student membership of BASES (the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences), allowing you to build your academic and research expertise while on the course - and beyond, as membership transforms to professional upon graduation.

Professional Accreditation

The course will prepare graduates for UK Strength and Conditioning Association accreditation. UKSCA is the UK body for strength and conditioning courses; the level of professional recognition in this field has seen accreditation with UKSCA rise to practically a prerequisite to work within this field.

Students will also get the opportunity to take additional relevant qualifications such as British Weightlifting Coaching Award, and coaching badges for a number of sports.

Learning Environment and Assessment

You will have the opportunity to learn in a variety of different ways. These include key note lectures, use of case study material, seminars and practical sessions, and problem-based learning. The degree utilises a variety of assessment strategies, including case studies, presentations, assignments, practical vivas and a project. Students will also develop practical competency by spending time in the gym, purpose built lifting suite at UCLan Sports Arena (USA) and visiting clubs to experience hands on coaching.

Teaching staff on the Strength and Conditioning course are not only academic but are active in research and coaching in the field of high performance sports. The majority are still in professional practice. The course is led by Chris Edmundson.


The course will make use of some of the outstanding facilities at the University, including the biomechanics and physiology labs, and the multi-million pound UCLan Sports Arena (USA). The latter houses a purpose built strength and conditioning facility, which has received a significant investment in equipment.

Careers Map

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